Killer Mike Quotables: Religion responsible for more violence than rap

“People in hip-hop wanna do the same thing you do - talk shit about politics, smoke weed, and date dope black women”

The benevolent Internet gave Killer Mike a collective pat on the back for his recent Bill O’Reilly critique. It happened last Friday night during the Atlanta emcee’s visit to a different Bill’s talk show. Mike told Maher on HBO’s “Real Time” that O’Reilly is “full of shit.” It was in response to O’Reilly’s claim that rap is the cause for the decline of religion in America. The YouTube clip with Mike has since been removed — hmmm — so here’s Mike’s original quote in context: 

“I like Bill O’Reilly the character but I hate how old white people take him so seriously,” Killer Mike said. “He’s more full of shit than an outhouse. I’m gonna go in a black club and see Bill O’Reilly with a stripper on his lap, I guarantee you that. He’s as fictional as those books he writes.”
But the real meat of the conversation got slept on. It continued during “Overtime.” After giving Maher a quick history lesson, starting at the 9:30-minute mark, on how the founding fathers of hip-hop conceived as a peaceful response to violence, he breaks down the real source of violence — religion and power.

“To people that say hip-hop is violence, I would say let’s start with the real violence starters. Let’s start with the three major Abrahamic religions, and let’s do away with their books. Let’s start with government and geo-war and politics; let’s do away with our leaders. So after we get down the violence scale of all the things that create real violence to get to music, it’ll be easy to get hip-hop. ’Cause people in hip-hop wanna do the same thing you do,” he says, referring to Maher. “Talk shit about politics, smoke weed, and date dope black women.”